Raj Hathiramani ’07
Raj Hathiramani '07 was an operations research and financial engineering major. Today he is employed at Google in New York City, where he leads revenue analytics for Google's global display advertising business.
Hathiramani came to Google following employment with Citadel Asset Management in London, analyzing European and emerging market financial companies.
As an undergraduate, he became hooked on ORFE after taking an introductory course in statistics and probability. The course convinced him that he wanted to solve complex real-world problems through higher math.
During his Princeton years, he also took courses in language and comparative literature. The summer after his freshman year, Hathiramani went to Japan with Princeton in Ishikawa to take intensive language courses with professors from top American universities and live with a Japanese family. As a senior, he took up Chinese and made plans to spend the summer after graduation in China.
Hathiramani says his friends tried to talk him out of starting a whole new language his senior year, but the way he saw it, “When else was I going to have a chance to study Chinese at such a level?” He wanted to get the most out of Princeton while he still could.
In his last two years at Princeton, he was a residential community adviser in Wilson College. Hathiramani says being an adviser was the most time-consuming yet rewarding activity he did at Princeton. “You’re really in a position to help students enhance their Princeton experiences,” he says.
Cultural diversity is important for Hathiramani, who was a proud member of Naacho, an Indian dance troupe at Princeton. The troupe consistently sells out all four of its spring performances and is a popular staple at international events around campus. “Being an ethnic group and getting that type of recognition from a global community is very inspiring,” Hathiramani says.
Hathiramani also wrote extensively for the student newspaper and gave Orange Key campus tours and engineering-school tours to prospective students and visitors.
“The tours gave me a chance to reflect on why I was there and to give back to the University,” says Hathiramani. “It was a chance to share my perspective and show visitors that this is a special place with incredible peers and faculty.”